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30 Memories- 10 Sounds, 8 Sights, 6 Smells, 4 Tastes, 2 Touches- 2/17/09

1. Freshman Year at Baylor– a mix CD from my friend Luis, soundtracks from the Tarzan musical, Oceans Twelve, Remember the Titans
2. Daycamp Week One at Camp Good News, 2007– Picaresque by The Decemberists
3. My roommate from freshman year– The Beatles
4. The tortilla maker we have back home– the sound of a pig squealing (cause that’s what it sounds like, and the first time I heard it, I thought my mom had brought home a pig!)
5. Seagulls from the seas of Norway– the sound that comes from blowing through the small hole in mechanical pencil lead containers
6. Junior high years at Cypress Bible Church– Relient K’s Anatomy of Tongue In Cheek and Two Lefts Don’t Make A Right, but Three Do
7. The trip through Germany, Austria, and Italy my family took, 2000 – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Soundtrack
8. Color Wars at Camp Good News 2008– “Jesus Freak” by DC Talk and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
9. My first “break-up”– A mix CD I made (ironically, before the breakup) with songs like “Bad Day” by Alvin and the Chipmunks, “It’s a Heartache” by someone, “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley, and “Everything” by Michael Buble
10. The countdown clock on LOST– the sound a grocery store scanner makes

1. Genesis Devine– Pickles
2. That time where my nose got broken during Ultimate Frisbee after AWANA, 2004– any Frisbee (or Justin or Trent)
3. All the amazing dollar store games I’ve played– any dollar store
4. All the amazing times I’ve spent at camp– the road to Forest Glen
5. Thursday/Friday morning worship, junior and senior year at CCS– the prayer garden
6. The video we watched one time when I was teaching in junior high– Puffy Vests
7. Trips around my neighborhood, surrounding neighborhoods– my bike
8. Playing Wallball in the ISS playground in 5th grade– a blue racquetball

1. The CCS Foyer– the smell of buttery popcorn getting microwaved
2. Hotel fountains, in all the hotels we stayed at when I was younger– the smell of bleach, although for years I thought it was the smell of warm running water
3. Walking in the morning to the bus stop in Norway– the strong smell of fish and cow manure (sounds gross, but it was actually quite comforting- and it definitely woke you up)
4. One of my mom’s long-time friends that’s like an aunt to me– her perfume
5. Stopping at Sonic after school for Happy Hour with my mom and sister– the sensational smell of Sonic tacos- they taste pretty good, but there is nothing like their amazing scent
6. CCS Lunches– Otis Spunkmeyer cookies baking

1. Eating lunch in the old, new ISS cafeteria– Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin
2. College– Odwalla drinks
3. Visiting the student center at TASIS in England– Slush Puppies
4. Camp meals– fried chicken strips, mashed potatoes, rolls, green beans, salad with ranch and cheese, and banana pudding, washed down with a glass of something like Kool-ade

1. The dangerous terrain of England (jk)– Stinging nettles
2. Making various crafts in 5th-7th grade– burning hot glue falling on my hand, making me yelp with pain

Ahh. Memories.

25 Things- 2/15/09

—-1—– If I could, I would want to go back in time. For multiple purposes- In some cases, it would be great to make new choices in my life, try things different. In some cases, I would simply like to experience certain moments again, take in the joys, and relive the memories. In some cases, I would be happy to simply explore the world around me at different times- see myself at age three, walk around my elementary school playground, watch my own high school play, etc. I have a problem with letting go of the past…
—-2—- Even though I act like a jerk and dislike certain things, like the Twilight books and movie or the Jonas Brothers, honestly, I rarely have a real problem with them- I simply pick on random stuff and pick a side- for or against. But usually when I’m for something, I clam up. When I’m against it though, I’ll speak up… even argue and fight about it…
—-3—- I’m taking a screenwriting class right now, and I’m seeing more and more how important it is to have a good story for your movie. Some stories are absolutely horrible, and some are superb. For example, Four Weddings? Dull. Dead. Blah. I, Robot? Amazing. Complex. Engaging. Of course, I Robot was based off a well-written book- but still, the screenwriters have an important role…
—-4—- Fire absolutely amazes me. Fire and stars led to my rededication to Christ. (Well, God had a part in it as well.) But it’s amazing- it’s there, but it can’t be touched- but it’s still there. Kind of like the Spirit…
—-5—– Donald Miller’s Finding God on the Open Road inspires me to go traveling through America, meeting people, having experiences, growing, learning… of course, if that ever happens, I would need to find one or two people that would be able to go with me… ?
—-6—- I was girl-crazy when I was young. Had a girlfriend in Pre-K through 1st grade. Had a few crushes throughout elementary. (and a few more since then…) But other than one attempt at a relationship last year, and other relationships that momentarily got sidetracked by mixed feelings and signals, I’ve never had a real girlfriend, really gone out on a date, really experienced that whole kit and caboodle. But one day I will meet my wife. Of course, she’ll have to be my girlfriend first… and that might take a while…
—-7—- I am sarcastic with pretty much everyone- and some people think I’m incredibly witty, while others think I’m a jerk. If I could, I would simply try to be kind, encouraging, and loving to people, with the occasional snippet of sarcasm for fun. But it’s become so engrained in me and in my relationships, I can’t lose it. And it saddens me…
—-8—- Green is beautiful. A rich green, the color of plants, trees, grass, or an emerald… gorgeous.
—-9—- When I grow up, I want to have a room set aside as a pillow, blanket, soft stuff room- and we can watch movies in it, take naps, read, relax- whatever. And it would be the perfect temperature- always.
—-10—- When people watch a movie together, I think that people should either be completely present, so they can absorb the details, the atmosphere, the feel of the movie, and not be distracted by text messages or chores. Although I know that is hard. Either that, or people should expect to make fun of or tease or joke about the movie, the whole thing- either one or the other.
—-11—- My top 5 favorite shirts of all time- My green striped shirt from 4th grade that still fits me, my rich blue polo shirt from Urban Pipeline, my aqua blue dress shirt that I’ve worn in too many official pictures to count, my Camp Good News “God At Work” t-shirt (although I have 2-3 of them), and my 3 Honk T-shirts, with an edited design from moì
—-12—- I love to eat ice. From ice trays. Sometimes when they’re half melted. Yum.
—-13—- I’m so glad I went to Baylor, lived in Allen, got to know the people I did, came back a second year, got to hang out with the people I do, and made great plans for the next two years. If I wasn’t here… well, I guess I’d be up to something else!
—-14—- Hats never look good on me. Except the occasional cowboy hat… But really, the only hat that works on me is from a Roots store in Ottawa, Canada. And I don’t know where the hat is! I hope I can find it! I miss it.
—-15—- I love communicating. And I have this gap between my communication skills. Either, I’m great at creating a creative lesson for lots of people to learn from and engage with, or I’m wonderful at having a rich conversation with friends. But the middle part- I’m working on that…
—-16—- There is a small vendetta with me and white trucks while I’m driving on the highway. Now, usually when I’m driving I’ve got annoying people in either a truck, a white vehicle, or the ultimate annoyance, a white truck, tailgating me, trying to pass me multiple times, being too slow, driving erratically… so yeah. If you drive a white truck, sorry. It’s just from my experiences- you can save your kind by driving kind. Thank you.
—-17—- I’m ready to be a dad, and I have been for a while. I think that’s why I like mentoring and working with kids and youth- I can help guide them, help influence them, help them feel important, help them rise to their potential. I definitely feel for the parents in movies where they lose or almost lose their kids- The Invasion, The Changeling, The Forgotten (hmm… that’s a strange trio of movies… I’ll throw in Signs and 3:10 to Yuma as well…)
—-18—- I’m reading through the Bible, reading about the lives of 28 men, seeing what I can learn from their lives, from their triumphs, from the weaknesses- walking in the footsteps, you could say. I’ve struggled in doing this, but I’ve been able to do it pretty consistently for a while. I was keeping a journal as I did it, but, like always, as time went by, I wrote less and less, and haven’t been writing lately. I’m halfway through. Hopefully, I’ll have something new to study in March.
—-19—- I find that I have a problem with set patterns, set methods, set programs- at least for some things. I like to do my own thing, create my own program, use my own methods- mix and match kind of. That’s why bible study books rarely keep me engaged- but if plan my own thing (like this month and last February, where I studied peace) I can feel more engaged in it. Guess it’s a part of my arrogance- I don’t like a book telling me what to do (unless it’s the Bible)- I like to get rid of the middle man and encounter the Word one-on-one (well, I guess the Spirit is still there…)
—-20—- I’ve lived in about 5 different places in my life- Houston, Pyrford, Stavanger, Cypress, and Waco. And for the most part, I’ve followed a certain pattern of living so far… I was born in 88, and we lived in Texas for about 3-4 years, then moved to England and stayed there for 4 years, then Norway for 4 years- then to Cypress. Spent 3 years in middle school and 4 years in high school. Now I’m gonna spend 4 years in college- and then afterwards, I will probably spend about 3 years in seminary/grad school. So far it’s been 3:4:4:3:4:4:(3)… who knows? Maybe I’ll go thru life keeping the pattern up. Probably not though.
—-21—- It’s odd. I like setting my own patterns and methods- but I like following tradition and following the ways of the past, sometimes too much. I love to create and make new things- but I hate change, because it wrecks the stability in my life. I love faithfulness- in God, in family, in friends, in culture- but I am so unfaithful in my life, it’s ridiculous. I lose contact with friends all the time. I can’t keep working hard on homework- I just get bored and don’t try. I wish I could be more constant…
—-22—- I love the color cerulean- a deep, rich, lush darkish blue. Beautiful. I even love the name- though when I was younger, I used to say cerulean like this: “saruhhlean” or “karuhhlean” instead of “serooleun”. Eh.
—-23—- I’m really good at knowing campers names at camp. Usually I try to go around the first day and get to know everyone’s names- and it either sticks or takes me 1-3 more times to get their names right. So by Tuesday, I know most of their names, which some counselors can be impressed with. I guess it’s cause I care about making a connection with the kids- and knowing their names is a mighty bridge. Unfortunately, it’s not like that in real life- I don’t know the names of the some of the people that I sit next to in class, even if we wave at each other during the day… it’s bad…
—-24—- I’m mediocre at most of the things I do. hmmm… yeah…
—-25—- I love God, the God of Israel, the Father of Jesus, my Savior, the Spirit of Life inside me. I could tell you tales of how he’s changed my life- (and I’m not trying to be fake here. Really.) I wish I felt comfortable enough to bring up what God’s done/is doing in my life with friends and others- because once you talk about your faith, you really get deep and your roots intertwine with the other person’s roots- and you have a connection unlike anything else. I love making those connections, though it takes time and effort. A lot of effort. But God is strong and he helps me limp along. “YOU do not faint, YOU won’t grow weary, YOU’RE the defender of the weak, YOU comfort those in need, YOU lift us up on wings like eagles… strength will rise as we wait upon THE LORD.”